Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Clinton to release her delegates?

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Here's the latest: The plan now calls for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to release her delegates next Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. That's the day after her keynote address before the Democratic National Convention. That means delegates can do what they want during the Thursday roll call. Clinton herself will cast her superdelegate vote for Obama. - Chicago Sun-Times
But there are many problems with this story. First, delegates "can do what they want" regardless of what Clinton says. As we've said here many times, delegates can vote for who they want, when they want, and for any reason they want. This applies to both pledged delegates and superdelegates. There is nothing official about "releasing" delegates. Sure, politically it could be meaningful to some delegates, giving them a reason not to vote for Clinton. But Clinton has endorsed Obama, she's out campaigning for Obama, she has said she's voting for Obama at the convention, and in her speech she's going to tell the country why Obama should be President. If that's not a sign, then I don't know that "releasing" her delegates is.

Second: "Thursday roll call"? At Invesco? I don't think so...

Update: Third: Clinton is not giving the keynote, Mark Warner is.